Nano ho-ho

In the spirit of Christmas, I’d like to share with you all the world’s smallest snowman.

(Click on image for link to site)

Credit: NPL site
The snowman was developed by the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, and is a marvel of festivity-inspired nano-jollity.

According to the website, it’s 10 µm across, which equates to roughly 1/5th the width of a human hair.

It wasn’t made out of snowballs, of course, as these on average measure about half an inch, and we have yet to develop the ability to do the whole ‘Honey, I shrunk the snowflake’ thing.

Instead, it was made out of two tiny little tin balls. hilariously, they’re normally used to correct microscope astigmatism, which brings to mind wonderful images of a microscope with glasses, peering at the objects/tissues it needs to focus on.

I’m looking forward to tiny Christmas trees with even tinier tinsel. Of course, a treetop angel on this scale might also bring whole new answers to the classic question involving angels and the heads of a pin…